Administrator Receives ACHCA’s Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award for the Second Year in a Row

May 25, 2023 | News Releases | Reading Time 3:00 Minutes

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MAY 25, 2023 (AMES, IOWA) – The American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) honors Jessica Walker, Administrator of Green Hills Health Care Center in Ames, Iowa, with the 2023 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. Only 2% of facilities nationwide met the initial selection criteria. This year, thirty-one administrators in 16 states met all eligibility requirements and were awarded the facility leadership award nationally.

The Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is based on the premise that facility excellence reflects and recognizes the Administrator of record who provided such leadership for the entire 2022 calendar year. Eligibility for this award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire Safety, and Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also include at least a 70% or greater facility occupancy and a three-year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. This prestigious award is made possible with the support of Broad River Rehab.

“At Green Hills, our goal is to help everyone whose lives we touch – our residents, their families, and guests of our community, and our dedicated staff – to be able to live the life the way they choose. That is why we strive for excellence in quality and their experience at our community in every aspect of caring,” said Jessica Walker, Administrator at Green Hills Community.

“Skilled nursing centers across our country are at the forefront of providing care. Despite ongoing challenges, regulatory burdens, and limited resources, these exceptional leaders and their teams have shown that they can achieve outstanding results,” Robert (Bob) Lane, ACHCA’s President and CEO.

The Facility Leadership Award was introduced in 2008 by one of ACHCA’s most revered leaders, the late Eli Pick. A former executive director of the Ballard Rehabilitation Center, DesPlaines, IL, for over 30 years, Eli embodied excellence as an Administrator who cared for his residents, their families, and his community. This award is presented annually in memory of Eli, a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long-term care.

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